As we begin awaiting 2018’s SIHH novelties, we thought it’s high time to take a better look at some of this season’s favorites, including the gloriously over-the-top 15202, rendered for the first time as a modern, non-limited reference entirely in 18-carat yellow gold. It is not just the all-gold case that brings the 15202 relevance though — there are a couple other (albeit more subtle) visual cues that set this specific reference aside, and might make it more desirable for collectors in the long run. Probably most obvious, is that the simple time plus date-only dial configuration, completed from the ‘AP’ emblem at 6:00, which pays direct homage to the original steel 5402 published in 1972. This aesthetic also tips its hat towards the yellow gold 5402BA Jumbo introduced five years later — the very first time Audemars Piguet rendered the Jumbo in this precious metal.However, more noteworthy is the depth — the brand new 15202 measures a hair over 8mm, 0.2mm thicker than the first 5402, and the closest we have seen to people pioneering ultra-thin dimensions since the 40th Anniversary editions from 2012 — thus the ‘Extra Thin’ naming convention. This new-but-really-old profile, coupled with all the eminently wearable 39mm case size truly feels just like the sweet place for your Royal Oak, and has much to do with why this iconic layout managed to become this kind of future-proof classic at the first place.The Jumbo Royal Oak in its classic arrangement is a wristwatch that historically, by all dimensions, should wear exceptionally thin. People who are searching for a marginally more toned-down aesthetic nevertheless rendered within this precious metal will appreciate the second of those 15202’s two new dial variations: a gorgeous blue, and this, given the spate of blue-on-bronze sports watches we’ve seen this season, is as much on-trend, since it’s a bit less ostentatious.
The atypical Millenary returns this year, to the delight of women who – like the brand from le Brassus – love to flaunt their independence and their strength of character. An authentic exercise in horological style, with its complex openworked caliber placing its balance wheel front and center, instead of relegating it to the back as on models from other brands, this oval-cased timepiece boldly combines white and pink gold, mother-of-pearl, diamonds and steel.
Striking an elegant balance between traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design, Caliber 5201 is hand-wound, a fairly unusual option for a ladies’ Audemars Piguet Watch Battery Replica movement. As of this fall, women will be able to “own” their Millenary even more intimately by adapting it to various facets of their personality with a choice of new straps – alligator leather, rubber, fabric or velvet-finished – available in a broad range of colors and designed for optimal comfort on the wrist. Dare to be a non-conformist and assert your own style by wearing your white or pink gold Millenary on a purple, pink or bright green strap !
CASE : 18K white gold, gemset bezel and lugs, crown set with a cabochon-cut pink sapphire, sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 20m
SIZE : 39.5mm
MOVEMENT : mechanical hand-wound, Manufacture Caliber 5201, 21,600 vph, 54h power reserve
FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, small seconds
DIAL : off-centered dial and small seconds counter in motherof- pearl, pink gold hands
STRAP : alligator leather, white gold pin buckle